It’s been over a year since we heard from Berlin-based Peruvian producer Sofia Kourtesis and her wonderful Manu Chao-featuring “Estación Esperanza”, but that’s seemingly because she has an extremely high quality control threshold – everything she releases is impeccable. That continues with her latest offering, “Madres”, which Kourtesis introduces by saying:
“This song is about my mother, her mother, my sisters who are mothers, my brothers who are mothers, and all the LGBTQIA+ members who are mothers to their communities. Madres has no gender. Madres loves to protect the ones you love. If you get lost, follow your mother’s voice, they will always bring you back. I also want to dedicate this song to Peter Vajkoczy, a brain surgeon who has become the hope of my own mother! He gives people hope by daring the most complicated surgeries in the world; he believes in miracles, love, and the strength to protect loved ones. Life goes by quickly. Life is fragile.”
As usual with Kourtesis’ productions, “Madres” seems to draw in warmth and love from the universe and beam it back out as an all-encompassing beam of positivity. Shimmying atop the propuslive beat is a glistening array of electronics, forming a pillowed surface for various intertwining tones to dance across. It’s packed with an array of voices, and whether you understand the words or not, the affection and adoration in them is undeniable, and they further pull you into the song’s communal, encompassing aura.